I've started our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 photo gallery with a bunch of random photos that I've taken over the last few days. I'm waiting for a few more cameras to arrive (PowerShot G15, Nikon Coolpix P7700) to arrive before I take the rest of them.
Sony has released a number of firmware updates for their Alpha mirrorless and translucent mirror cameras, as well as for several E-mount lenses. The biggest update is for the NEX-7. Changes include the ability to disable the movie recording button, wider bracketing options, improved image quality with wide angle lenses, faster image review performance, and more.
The SLT models (a37, a57, a65, a77) also get updates that allow you to disable the movie button, and they also provide correction data for several recently announced lenses.
Finally, there's an update for four E-mount lenses, which adds support for the Hybrid AF system used by the NEX-5R and NEX-6. The affected lenses are the 18-55, 55-210, 18-200 zooms as well as the 24mm prime.
For more details and download links, check out this page.
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When the Nikon 1 J2 was introduced, I knew it was only a matter of time before its higher-end sibling (the V1) was also replaced. That day is today, and the camera is unsurprisingly named the V2. Here are the details on Nikon's flagship mirrorless camera:
Supports Nikon CX lenses with a 2.7X crop factor; Nikon F-mount lenses supported via optional adapter
Refined designed includes a larger grip, new control dial, relocated mode dial (now with P/A/S/M options on it), and a built-in flash (GN 6.3 @ ISO 160)
Same Advanced Hybrid AF system as before; system uses both phase and contrast detection, which allows for continuous AF while shooting at very high speeds
3-inch LCD display with 921,000 pixels + 0.47-inch electronic viewfinder with 1.4 million dots
Full manual controls, with RAW support
ISO range of 160 - 6400
Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/4000 sec with mechanical shutter; you can shoot as fast as 1/16000 sec with the electronic shutter
Can shoot at 15 frames/second with continuous AF (up to 45 shots), and at 60 frames/second (up to 40 shots) with single AF
Live Image Control feature lets you adjust background blur, motion, brightness, and Active D-Lighting in real-time
Slow View feature takes 40 photos in rapid succession then displays then back in slow motion, allowing you to select the perfect shot
Smart Photo Selector now lets you save only the #1 ranked photo (instead of the top five like on the V1)
Records Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 (30p or 60i) with stereo sound, continuous AF, and manual exposure controls
Full resolution stills can be taken while recording a movie
High speed mode lets you record at 400 or even 1200 fps (at low resolutions, of course)
Stereo mic input
Supports the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter, allowing for smartphone/tablet connectivity
SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
Uses EN-EL21 lithium-ion battery, 310 shots per charge
Available in white or black
Ships with the F3.5-5.6, 10 - 30 mm VR lens in late November for $899
Those seeking a more powerful flash for their V2 may will be interested in Nikon's new SB-N7 external flash. This flash attaches to the camera's accessory port and has a guide number of 18 meters (at ISO 100). The flash head tilts up to 120 degrees so you can bounce the light, and it runs on AAA batteries. You'll be able to pick this compact external flash up in January at a price of $159.
Nikon released a new 70 - 200 mm FX-format AF-S lens on Wednesday. This constant aperture F4 lens uses Nikon's third generation of Vibration Reduction technology, which offers five stops of image stabilization. The lens also features a Nano Crystal coating to reduce flare and a Silent Wave Motor for quiet focusing. You'll be able to pick up this lens is late November for $1399.
Samsung has added a pair of lenses to their NX system. First up is an F4.0-5.6, 12 - 24 mm ultra-wide zoom lens. This lens is equivalent to 18 - 36 mm when attached to one of Samsung's mirrorless cameras, and will be priced at $599 when it arrives next month. Lens number two is an F1.8. 45 mm prime that is equivalent to 67.5 mm. This compact lens will be available in January for $299. While both lenses support Samsung's i-Function feature (which lets you use the focus ring to adjust camera settings), neither has optical image stabilization (though I'd only expect it on the 12-24).